Kick-Ass follows a wannabe superhero who asks himself the simple question, why aren?t there more vigilantes dressed up in costumes fighting crime and helping their fellowman? The answer, because they?d get their asses kicked. Disregarding his friends? advice, he tries it out anyway and learns first hand what his friends were talking about. He buys a costume and gives himself the moniker ?Kick-Ass.? After getting his ass kicked the first time, he doesn?t learn his lesson. During another excursion he accidentally gets involved with real masked ?superheroes? (Big Daddy and Hit Girl) getting Kick-Ass, subsequently, involved with some real bad guys.
While the premise is fun enough, I had serious issues with the movie itself. First, the objective to the movie isn?t clear. It clearly isn?t about helping your fellowman, and in the end, in my opinion, all the main characters, in fact, were villains. We like Hit Girl and Big Daddy because they take on the big bad drug industry, but in the end, their morals are compromised and really aren?t good people. This is a segway to my second problem, Hit Girl. Granted she?s the best part of the move (good job Chloe Moretz), but she kills without remorse, and she?s 12 (or thereabouts), not to mention the violence that?s committed against her. In the end, I felt she was exploited, and I have issues with violence against children. My third problem, Nicholas Cage. While I don?t like the man in the first place, is really just going through the motions on this one.
The positive: it?s fun. Watching Kick-Ass get his ass kicked is hilarious, and the scenes with Hit Girl are impressively choreographed, really some of the coolest fight scenes I?ve seen. It?s crude and violent to the extreme. While it?s not the best movie of the year, It?s definitely worth a rental, and in the end, it?s enjoyable.